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Friday, 13 January 2017

Your YouTube #100

Oh my goodness, this is the 100th Your YouTube. Back when Lisa started this linky there were so few of us vlogging. I love that it is still going strong. It's great to see that there are more and more of us vlogging now and we're getting to glimpse into each others' lives with every video we upload!

I have picked Laura from Side Street Style's video this week. Whilst most of us are setting goals and making resolutions, Laura is setting herself a minimalist challenge. She aims to get rid of half of her belongings this year. I am contemplating doing something similar after watching her video. I'm not particularly materialistic, but I am sentimental about things, which means I do struggle to throw things away.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sexual Abuse - Speak Out

A few days ago I read this post from Jane at Practically Perfect Mums about historical sexual abuse. It struck a chord with me, and brought up emotions I thought I had hidden forever. I haven't slept properly since I read that post.

This is a blog post I have never considered writing. It's something which I have been so ashamed of that I haven't talked about it. I've kept it locked away for about twenty-five years. There are good reasons for that, but the main one is shame. I realise now that I have to get rid of that shame. Hopefully part of doing that is telling my story.
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Friday, 6 January 2017

Your YouTube #99

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a good New year's eve. We had a few families over and I fed ten adults and eleven children. There was a lot more food than I had ever imagined. Everyone left by about 11.30, which was a bit odd, but all the children had reached a point of absolutely needing to be asleep! It meant that our children were asleep by 11.35 and we got to see in the new year together. I have loads of video plans for this year and am hopefully launching a new series next week which I hope you'll enjoy it!

The video I have chosen this week comes from Victoria. It is one which I have been waiting to watch since her Conception Diaries series started. It's such an emotional video and I am so, so happy for her and her family. Having watched the IVF journey so far, it's really wonderful to get to see this vlog. I'm really looking forward to seeing your videos this week, so please link them up below.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

December month in a minute

Well December was busy. I am so glad I didn't attempt vlogmas, it would just have been too much work on top of the B&B as well. We were really busy every weekend of December with the B&B and also in between Christmas and New Year when we were completely full. Now that we're into January, the place isn't so busy, but we're just beginning our renovation work on the bathrooms and one of the bedrooms. The Christmas holidays were really good fun and I had a great time with my children. I am going to miss them when they're back at school. We've been on some gorgeous walks together, had some great pyjama days and made the most of the holidays. Now I am counting down to February half term when we're off to London together. Without further ado, here is my month in a minute.


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Friday, 30 December 2016

Your YouTube #98

I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas and that you haven't had to referee too many children disagreements. I had a lovely Christmas with the family and I really enjoyed it. We have had a full B&B since the 27th, so I'm now looking forward to chilling out a bit over New Year (well, once we've got a big party out out of the way)! Have a great night, and I'll see you again here next week.

The video I have chosen this week comes from Lisa at Hollybobbs, whose video of her trip to Berlin was really well filmed and edited. Berlin is somewhere I have always wanted to visit and this video makes me want to jump on a plane even more! I'm really looking forward to seeing your Christmas videos, so please link them up below.

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Tsum Tsum Squishies Metallic Series

We're big fans of Tsum Tsums in our house. They're everywhere! The kids play with them in the bath, in their rooms, in the kitchen, all over the place. We collected most of the first series and were really excited to see the new metallic range. What I love about tsum tsums is that if you buy a pack of four, you get one hidden one. Blind bags are great, but it's also really nice to be able to see most of what you're getting, plus a little surprise too!

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Epson Eco-Tank ET‑3600 Review

Running a B&B, along with being self-employed means that I need a good printer, one which doesn't cost us too much in ink, is reliable and prints excellent quality pictures and text. When I was asked to review the Epson Eco-Tank ET-3600, my husband said "it's going to cost you money"! What he didn't realise was that it comes with enough ink to print 11,000 pages, that's approximately two years in a home office. In fact, on average it saves you 74% on the cost of printing.

Epson EcoTank ET3600
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Friday, 16 December 2016

Your YouTube #97

Christmas is next weekend and I'm not ready. We haven't got the tree up yet, I still need to buy some presents and the kids break up tomorrow. Who knows when I am going to get time to do anything! I'm really looking forward to the next two weeks with my children though. We're full in the B&B between Christmas and New Year, so we'll have a manic few days, but it'll be good for the business. I can't wait to see my family though. My mum and sister are coming up next week and we'll be using Skype to chat to my sister over in America. I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!

The video I have chosen this week comes from Kirstie at Family Adventure Project, whose video of finding a bauble in European Christmas Markets really made me smile! It also  totally put to shame my video of me visiting the German Christmas market in Leeds. I'm enjoying seeing all of your Vlogmas videos, but please make sure that you only link up two videos each week to this linky.


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Children

It's that time of year and my children have sent of their letters to Father Christmas. Amongst the few things I expected, there were a couple of curve-balls! Below are just a few things which I think would make fabulous presents for your little ones. My children will certainly be waking up on Christmas Day to a few of these!
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Keeping colds at bay this winter with Swisse

When I used to feel like a cold or a winter bug was on the way, I always used to head to my grandma's for a small glass of her blackcurrant cordial, which used to have me feeling back to normal straight away. Obviously when she died I no longer had the magic cordial any more so I had to find something else to help me out! I even tried making my own blackcurrant cordial, but it was nowhere near as good and definitely didn't have the same effect.


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